The Enshrouded One, Author: Issa Abbasi

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If you’re like me and you live on the east coast, you’ve probably noticed that it has gotten cold and faster than normal this year.  I can’t recall any year in recent memory where my car read the outside temperature being less than 50 degrees in the mornings of early or mid October.  SubhanAllah, this week alone here in New Jersey, my car registered temperatures of 39, 41 and 43 degrees Fahrenheit!  As much denial as I had about winter approaching, I had no choice but to pull out my winter blanket this week so I could sleep warmly at night.  Naturally, we tend to as human beings become lazier in the winter season; it’s just how it is here on the east coast in North America.  We have less sun and more darkness and for most of us we have less energy, which brings me to this week’s topic.

You probably will get (or have gotten) sick of me mentioning Ramadan, but I can’t help but miss the month that just left us only four weeks ago.  That month was so special to me because the nightly prayer after taraweeh was so easy!  All you had to do was stick around after taraweeh in the Masjid and you could pray behind one the Imams in the first or second row!  And where are we only four weeks later?  Most of us, yes me included, are the enshrouded ones.  We are enshrouded and bundled up in our warm blankets in our comfortable beds sleeping the night away. Hibernating Bear

Allah (s.w.t.) reminds us in the glorious Qur’an:

“O thou folded in garments! Stand (to prayer) by night, but not all night, half of it, or a little less, or a little more; and recite the Qur’an in slow, measured rhythmic tones (Al Muzzamil: 1-4).”

Allah (s.w.t.) commands us to obey him in the morning and the night.  Especially at night, when most people are sleeping to energize for the next day at work or sleeping in over the weekend, Allah (s.w.t.) asks us to stand and obey him in prayer.

Abu Hurayra (may Allah s.w.t. be pleased with him) reported that the Messanger of Allah (s.a.w.) was asked “What prayer is most virtuous, after the obligatory prayers?” He said, “Prayer in the depths of the night.” (Muslim, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Nasa’I, Ibn Majah) tahajjud therapy

In other ahadith, Abu Umama al-Bahili (Allah be pleased with him) reports that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, and companions) said, “Hold fast to night prayer, for it was the way of the righteous before you, a way of drawing closer to your Lord, an expiation for wrong deeds, and a shield from sin.” (Tirmidhi, and others) In some narrations, there is an addition, “And it repels sickness from the body.” (Source:

The Benefits of Nightly Prayer

Now please do not get me wrong, I am not telling anyone to pray all night long and work all day.  Your body has a haq (right) over you as well and you do need to rest so you can work and worship as well in the day.  What I am advocating for (again for myself and all of us) is that we return to and continue praying at night, now aRepentence and Forgivenessnd months from now, when Ramadan will be a vague memory.  Remember, even in surat Al Muzzamil, we aren’t told to stand the whole night in prayer, just some of it, even half of it.   If you can’t do either of those two amounts, Allah (s.w.t.) told us to even stand for than half.  InshaAllah whatever we can pray will be greatly rewarded and here is how

I encourage all of us to also read the etiquettes of tahajjud prayer in that link which also offers some very practical and useful tips for all of us as we try to become closer with The Hearer and Seer of All, Allah (s.w.t.).  May He accept all of our tahajjud and help us awake from our slumber to worship him better, ameen.

P.S.  Want a kick start to praying tahajjud?  Be sure to make it to the following event!

MAS Youth Monthly Revive
Best Friends…. Forever?
A Thorough Discussion about Friendship in the Light of the Quran and Sunnah
Speaker: Br. Mazen Mokhtar

When: Saturday, October 24th, 2009
8:00 PM to 6:00 AM
(Isha thru Fajr)

Where: Islamic Center of Passaic County (ICPC)
152 Derrom Ave
Paterson, NJ 07504

Come to a Night of Remembrance, Thought and Spirituality.
Dinner Will Be Served


~ by Yousaf on October 16, 2009.

One Response to “The Enshrouded One, Author: Issa Abbasi”

  1. Baraka Allah feek Brother for the post.

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